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On January 14th, Graeme Perks, 65, was stabbed in his own home in Nottinghamshire at 4:15am. Perks suffered puncture wounds to both his abdomen and chest.

According to police reports, Perks went to investigate after hearing a possible intruder in his house during the early hours of the morning, when he was then stabbed. The attacker subsequently ran off. The surgeon is in a serious but stable condition, according to Nottinghamshire police.

Police have charged Jonathan Brooks, 56, with the attempted murder of Perks. Further charges include three attempts of arson and the possession of a knife in a public area. Brooks will remain in custody until February 15th when he will appear at Nottingham Crown Court, according to the BBC.

Perks and Brooks are colleagues at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. A plausible motive behind this attack is Perks’ success as a highly-respected surgeon. In the past, he held prestigious leadership roles in the NHS. Between 2013 and 2014, Perks was president of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.

Police sources have said that they are not looking for any further suspects concerning the attack. According to ITV news, DI Gayle Hart, who is leading the investigation, has called on witnesses to help further the police inquiry as the respected surgeon continues to fight for his life in intensive care.

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